For most of us, when January 1st rolls around, our bodies are FILLED with cookies, less than healthy (but oh so delicious) home cooking, seasonal lattes and hot cocoa, and more than our usual amount of celebration drinks. Jumping right into an “all-in” healthy resolution can be a shock that leaves us discouraged to continue on. This guide has a few tips on how you can prepare yourself for the New Year and ease in to your long lasting healthy lifestyle!
BEFORE NEW YEAR’S
1. Drink 100oz of water every day
Yes, I know, it’s a lot. And yes, you’ll be peeing ALL the time. BUT, this will begin to detox your body with minimal effort. No dietary changes, no crazy new workouts, just drink tons of water. It helps me if I have a specific water bottle that has 20-25oz, and I plan at what points in the day I’ll have drank 1-5 bottles of it. Starting your day with 20oz is a great way to knock out a good chunk of your ounces and flush your body from the day before.
2. Go to the sauna
If you have a gym membership and you’ve never used the sauna, now’s the time to give it a shot! If you don’t have a membership yet, beat the crowds and sign up early, or take advantage of a friend’s guest pass. This is another easy thing you can do that doesn’t require any major changes before the start of the year. If you’ve never been in the sauna, start by sitting in there for about 10 minutes. You know you’re “done” when you’re sweating profusely. Our skin is one of the main places our body detoxes. (hint: that’s why when we don’t eat clean, we get acne)
STARTING ON NEW YEAR’S
*Continue drinking 100oz of water every day and making trips to the sauna.
1. Limit sugar, caffeine, & alcohol
Some of you may cut these out entirely after the first. If these have been major aspects of your diet/lifestyle, I would begin weaning off of them this first week of January. If being healthy is a long term change for you, taking the first week to set yourself up for success shouldn’t be a problem. For example, if you have 3 cups of coffee a day, go down to 1 or 2. If you have a sweet or an alcoholic beverage everyday, try to limit them to 3 times a week.
2. Start your day with an antioxidant rich smoothie
Most Americans are not getting enough fiber. This is primarily due to a lack of fruits, vegetables, and true whole grains in their diet. A great way to get these all in one place is in a smoothie in the morning. It boosts metabolism, is satiating, and reduces cravings for unhealthy foods throughout the day.
3. Rebuild your microbiome with probiotics
When we eat lots of sugar and nutrient deficient foods, our digestive system takes a big hit, namely the bacteria that allows us to absorb nutrients, maintain immunity, and balance (or imbalance) your hormones. It’s important to fill our diets with probiotic and prebiotic rich foods. Fermented vegetables are a really good option. Kefir, fermented cow or goat’s milk, is another great choice. And for those that struggle to stomach fermented foods, supplementing with a quality probiotic is also an excellent way to get probiotics on a daily basis.
4. Make exercise a habit before you make it intense
If you’re like me, you want to jump right into something new with all you’ve got. In some cases, I think this is a great idea. With exercise, that may not be the case for everyone. Part of creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle is being consistent and staying encouraged. When we make our first trip back to the gym super intense, we can end up so sore we don’t go back for weeks. Start by going once or twice a week and do something light each time. As going to the gym becomes a more frequent habit, slowly increase the intensity. Keep in mind - no pain, no gain… but if there’s too much pain, you’ll likely refrain.
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